tv Matter of Fact With Soledad O Brien ABC October 16, 2016 11:30pm-12:00am CDT
>> today on "matter of fact" -- >> the current candidates are not doing a great job. >> are you ready to throw in the towel? >> it's discouraging and it's disheartening. >> find out what the largest voting block will do if the parties don't give them better choices. and -- soledad: it has been framed as locker room talk. >> some guys are actually doing these things. >> what's plus which late night host gets , your vote? but first -- soledad: less than a month to go until election day, but some votes are already in. i'm soledad o'brien. welcome to "matter of fact." soledad: 37 states have early voting procedures in place, including the four critical swing states pennsylvania, north
in a move that some say favors the democrats, a federal judge in florida extended voter registration by a week because of hurricane matthew. florida is a state that both candidates need to win and a race that could be the tightest in the nation. eddie fernandez is a political analyst. he is at wesh 2 in orlando, florida, for us today. nice to see you. early voting, who does that help, democrat or republican? >> trended towards democrat. but voting by mail has trended towards republican. so it will be interesting to see how that affects the election. in orlando, 55 percent of the voters have already voted by the day of the election, so the majority has been decided when those drop into the calculations. soledad: which is pretty interesting. are we expecting to see records broken already because of how it is trending at this point?
had an effect on registration and absentee delivery and returns. i expect a record-breaking year on vote by mail. what is interesting is we are seeing, although that is usually a republican stronghold, in spite of the hurricane and florida, we are seeing a democrat outpacing republicans in returning those absentee talents i about 15% -- those absentee ballots by about 15% at so what happens. soledad: does that have implications overall for turnout? is it a sign of things to come on the actual election day? >> political insiders have apathy towards hillary clinton and donald trump. there is not a lot of insider excitement about these candidates. simultaneously, we are seeing more voter electrician -- more
a lot of ways. talk about the latino vote, especially in the state of florida. latinos normally come in under 50%. are there signs they will cross that threshold, even though as the numbers of girl of the latino population, that percentage has stayed the same over the last several elections? >> absolutely. we see the hispanic vote across the country as an elusive vote both parties are chasing. in fda vote. in central florida specifically, orange county, we see has panic registrations am a new registrations in the state of florida, being outpaced by hispanics over every other group, over whites and blacks. over one million puerto ricans are in the state of florida now, and many are coming right here to center flirt -- two central florida, the swing part of this critical swing state in this election.
postelection, regardless of who wins, are we looking at a system where we end having the end of the two-party system? >> if it is going to happen, this one could tip it in that direction. we see the barrier on the debate for any of the other candidates to get in, and we have not seen that since ross perot. this election is trickling a lot of rations. one of those passions happens militant -- among millennials who see the mud being slung across the aisle, and they do not want part of it. they want what is best for america, and the want a difference. but they do not want to see this mudslinging, this party division. soledad: i think that sums it up, doesn't it? we are seeing a lot of passion, and that passion is around apathy and lack of passion. eddie fernandez for us today, nice to talk to you. thank you for that analysis. >> my pleasure. good to be with you.
soledad: millennials are the these voters, between the ages of 18 and 34, could sway the election if they vote at 47% say they will definitely go to the polls this year, and that is much lower than it was eight years ago. why the enthusiasm gap? we spoke with a group of millennials in philadelphia about why they are saying -- meh. pennsylvania.
handful of states that ultimately really matter. pennsylvania is crucial for a presidential win. donald trump and hillary clinton are both mounting aggressive campaigns there. >> while donald trump consulted with himself with lack in hillary clinton's america, the system stays rigged. >> the ads and social media. soledad: 24-year-old ernest says that he is a radical democrat who thinks the issues are absent from the debate. >> economic issues, jobs. these are issues that are hitting the core of our country across all levels, especially for millennials. soledad: and you do not think they are being discussed? >> not as much. soledad: the economy is also important to republican meghan
represented by the two candidates before us. soledad: this 29-year-old supply chain manager says she is in line with trump's business approach, but she's now focusing more on the character of the candidates. >> both have shown some fairly big character flaws over the last few years. i think that's a struggle for millennials. sometimes the important issues are getting lost in the nonsense right now. soledad: for millennials, the dissatisfaction is clear. in the pennsylvania primary, clinton lost to bernie sanders, 83% to 17%, among young democrats. in the republican primary, 48% of young republicans voted for someone other than trump. >> i was elated to be there -- soledad: tish thomas, a 32-year-old fashion stylist, supported sanders in the primary. a democrat, she says she's been slow to embrace what clinton has to offer. >> i'm not really a hillary cheerleader. soledad: so you're still waiting? >> i'm waiting. i'm waiting to see -- soledad: to hear what?
strikes me as something that feels good. nothing feels good right now. i would never not vote. however, i'm leaning towards independent. i don't know what -- i wish bernie was still in the running. >> many of my peers are in the same position as me, where they're looking at these candidates and saying -- i'm not excited about either of them. soledad: so what are you worried about in this election? >> i would like the narrative to change about the way in which we vote. i don't want it to be "trump was such a horrible candidate, we in 2012, i voted for president obama, and i was excited. soledad: and now? not so much. >> i mean, to put it in context, i don't have a hillary t-shirt. soledad: ashley spillane, former president of rock the vote, now strategizes on youth vote issues.
girdusky, a writer for red alert politics, a news source for young conservatives. nice to have you both with us this morning. ashley, you know bernie sanders clearly excited the millennial voter. but we are seeing that that is not directly translating to hillary clinton. what do millennials want to hear from a candidate? >> the millennial generation is the most diverse in our country's history and also the largest. we affiliate political parties and are much more drawn to individuals who talk about the issues that matter most to us here at i think that is why you saw such support for barack obama and then for bernie sanders. the current candidates are not doing a great job of talking directly to young people about the things that matter most, and you are not seeing that translate in partisan support as a result. soledad: donald trump, ryan, had
him and more women are coming forward. how does that impact millennials who describe themselves as conservative? >> it is discouraging and just. people can go back and forth over whether the allegations are true and the timing of the release, having happened more than a day get ago. nonetheless, yet still, it is more disheartening for millennials, because issues, which is what will goverr about. and policies are not being talked about. i think the reason bernie sanders and barack obama and ron paul, back in 2012, excited so many young people, both democrat and republican was because they , spoke about issues and ideas and not necessarily pander to us and talk about he said/she said. soledad: do you think there is something that can change,
motivate that half that are thinking they will not vote? >> i agree with ryan, this election has been so focused on the personality and personal characteristics of the character -- of the candidates and not about issues. i think it is a good thing we're having this conversation, and despite how uncomfortable it was to watch the debates last weekend, it has been a good co this country about sexual assault, and i am seeing a lot more people and young women engaged politically because they can relate. soledad: but as ryan pointed out, actually, i think we have moved away from a lot of conversations about the economy, which millennials polled as the number one issue, and we certainly have not talked about education. >> the next debate is about the
one on the list. i had a moment where i was like, i really hope it is student loan debt they will incorporate weird there are so many issues that this generation cares about that will directly impact us moving forward. i am very optimistic that the candidates are getting the message that this is a turnout election, and in order to win the election, you need to turn out the millennial base here at soledad: well, i am not a millennial, and i hope all o debate. ryan, thank you for joining us, anna eshoo, -- ashley, appreciate it. >> coming up, what was said on the bus? soledad: a number of men have been offended. >> where do you stand? and channeling the candidates in late-night. who is your choice for political insight? >> not that charitable.
soledad: welcome back to "matter of fact." havoc in the republican party seems to be the outcome after the videotape or donald trump made sexually inappropriate comments about women. trump said he could kiss and touch women freely, including grabbing their genitals, because he was "a star." he later apologized and defended the rema public comments were swift, and others have stayed with the candidate. we are having a national conversation about trump's remarks. we have the author of the book "asking for it: the alarming rise of rape culture and what we can do about it." what exactly is rape culture? >> it is the term that describes the culture where we really do
violence, and it operates by blaming the victim by expressing disbelief when there is a claim of rape, and that leads up to a culture that supports the needs of rapists and abusers more than the victims. soledad: i have been surprised that there is a debate over whether or not grabbing a woman's crotch would be considered sexual assault. it seems sort of obvious to me. >> youou is that in some states in my because sexual abuse. but the idea that grabbing a woman by the genitalia is anything other than sexual aggression and a criminal act is just ridiculous. soledad: talk about the intersection of power with rape culture. a lot of the words that donald trump used were, you know, they will let you do it, because, you know, if you are rich, if you're a star. >> exactly.
the same sort of just corroded entitlement, i think, a sense of entitlement to women's bodies, to control their bodies and to do what you want with them. he does not recognize that distinction between being an attractive lady man and being a sexual abuser is really disturbing. soledad: it has been framed as locker room talk. like, listen, you don't really de talk. there have been a number of men who are offended, many of them actually professional athletes who spend a lot of time in the locker rooms as their jobs who are offended by that kind of description. >> absolutely. you know it is heartening to , hear men say, no we don't talk , like this and we do not condone this. and it is sad to hear the people trying to dismiss this as kind of normal behavior, normal ways that men talk, that men are just
whenever we aren't around. they do not realize that some guys are just talking and some guys are actually doing these things and think that all the rest of the men support them doing that. soledad: you are a rape survivor. >> i am. soledad: and i am curious if this national conversation, which i think for some people is cathartic, is very distressing for people who have survived sexual assault? >> i think every survivor has a different experience, and i have no doubt there are people who are survivors who are really there is so much conversation about this every day, so many graphic descriptions of acts that are under consideration here. personally i feel lucky i don't , have ptsd, and it is something that i am able to write and speak about on behalf of people who maybe don't feel comfortable doing that. soledad: thank you for talking with us, kate harding.
soledad: haiti is again facing a humanitarian crisis. the united nations is calling for a massive response to assist north reeling from hurricane matthew. a kohler epidemic is sweeping the nation, and relief agencies are struggling to meet the needs of survivors -- a cholera epidemic is sweeping the nation. >> they need access to safe water. that is the only way we can control it long-term. for the people that are sick, we
soledad: supplies are just now beginning to reach those in some of the most remote regions in the country. if the u.n. says more than one million people need help. >> for a list of relief agencies helping the victims in haiti, you can find it on our website at matteroffact.tv. when we return, a gamble in vegas at the final debate. who will have the last word?
word. that opportunity will go to the late-night shows. >> we do not have to wait long for the first lie. >> it is good to be with you. >> she is so crooked. >> secretary clinton, who gets to hear you give a speech? >> nobody who makes less than 250,000 dollars a year. >> i have heard that. i have heard they are very returns, which means he's not that rich -- >> wrong. >> not that charitable -- >> wrong. >> or never pay taxes in his life. >> warmer. soledad: so as you watch that last debate, know that the late night hosts are watching with you. i'm soledad o'brien, and we'll see you next week for "matter of fact." [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy.